Broken Top Loop Trail

EASY 30 reviews

Broken Top Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Arco, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Broken Top Loop Trail provides visitors with an opportunity to hike up, around, and through the freshest lava on the Snake River Plain. Along its 1.9-mile length you can observe most of the volcanic features that make up this unearthly landscape. In hiking this trail, you will be on either loose cinders or rugged lava. Wear sturdy shoes and be ready to climb or descend some moderately steep slopes. If you plan to enter Buffalo Caves, a hard hat is recommended and a flashlight is a necessity.

hiking
13 minutes ago

Well done trail. Pick up one of the trail guides as there are numbered spots where you can stop and learn more about the park. The highlight is Buffalo Cave. I made a short video of the park if anyone is interested: https://practicalvagabonds.com/visit-craters-of-the-moon/

hiking
22 days ago

Fun trail

3 months ago

Nice trail with several cool scenic stops. Nice view of the lava flow and the northern half of the park, and a quiet little trail running around most of the loop. Gets a bit more exciting once you get to the lava flows firsthand - pretty cool to walk over and check everything out up close. The cave is a great way to finish up and cool off, since it stays pretty cold all year round!

4 months ago

Incredible views, Wild caves, and a cool history!!

hiking
5 months ago

cool lave caves made the mistake of going in august way too hot will go back when cooler freezing in caves and hundreds of grass hoppers

trail running
Friday, October 06, 2017

Nice looped trail. I ran the Tree Molds Trail and then Broken Looped Trail for a total of 4 miles. It was in late May and it was warm, but it was neat to run around an inactive volcano. :)

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

So different and amazing.

hiking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Enjoyed this trail and it's eclectic features! Totally kid-friendly and not hard. Bring your headlamp for the cave! :)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nice little hiking loop. Not technical, but lots to see. Kid friendly.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

unique landscape, easy

Monday, March 16, 2015

This is a unique and unusual landscape in an out of the way place. Worth seeing just for the novelty of the large lava fields.

hiking
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This area is a freak of nature. You really do feel like you're on another world. You can see most of the "must sees" just driving through, but if you like there are some trails and nature trips near the visitor center that can fuel your curiosity.

hiking
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Amazing and austere place. Recommend exploring Lava tunnels (dewdrop, boy scout, and Indian) and also climbing to the top of inferno cone. This is easier said then done as two steps up equal one step back in the igneous rock scree.

camping
Sunday, August 25, 2013

I camped and explored this National Park with my family (wife; son 10 y/o; daughter 8 y/o). The rangers and the programs they deliver were outstanding. Getting a caver permit was not difficult (even though we had been in other caves in recent years - there's good information on the National Park Service website). We were there for one day / one night. We probably could have spent another night & day there. In August, it was hot and there was a strong and steady wind, which is typical. The stargazing was AMAZING. I'll upload a photo.

nature trips
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Craters of the Moon National Park is definitely worth seeing, at least once. It was awe inspiring to see something so unique and different. Glad I saw it for myself - the views were amazing.

hiking
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A really eerie place to hike. You truly feel like you're on another planet, it seems so desolate. There are several short trails to hike around (and a few caves to explore, if you can obtain a permit), and it's a great place to stop and stretch your legs, or you can hike a few of the trails and make a full day of it. Great experience.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2011

Spent nearly a week here going through lava tubes and hiking back to echo crater. Navigation in back country can be dificult as trails can easily be lost within all the volcanic soils beautiful. Watch the wind as it gets kicking accros the plain. Hiking back to Echo Crater we did not see a single person but awesome geological features.

walking
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nice little break along Hwy 93. National Park service is improving some of the roads in the park right now, but still a great little place to see.

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